Eight game streak
Khalil Greene

Posted May 8, 2006


After five straight losses, the San Diego Padres are looking at eight straight wins.

On April 29, an exasperated Bruce Bochy called the Padres "awful" in his postgame remarks after San Diego had lost a fifth straight game at home.

The Padres had scored exactly five runs in those five games. Five runs on 21 hits, to be exact.

Now the Padres are riding an eight-game winning streak following Sunday's 6-3 victory over the Cubs at Petco Park.

The eight straight wins equals the Padres' longest winning streak since the 1999 club won a franchise-record 14 straight. In fact, this is only the eighth time in the franchise's 37-year history that the Padres have won eight or more games in a row.

Interestingly, the 2005 Padres also had an eight-game winning streak (from May 11-20) during their club-record 22-win May. The Padres are 7-0 this May.

"At this time last week, we were kicking rocks," said pitcher Woody Williams, who picked up the win Sunday with eight innings to save a bullpen depleted by back-to-back extra-inning wins.

"We couldn't do anything right. I don't think we could have gotten any lower than we were. It was gross."

"We've been playing well all year," said Bochy of his team that leads the National League in defense and whose starters have a combined 2.65 ERA over the last 11 games. "The bats have just been quiet."

REPLAY: Shortstop Khalil Greene went 4-for-4 with four RBIs (equaling his career bests in both categories) and reserve catcher Rob Bowen (who hit a game-winning, 10th-inning homer Saturday night) went 2-for-3 with two runs and the decisive RBI Sunday to lead the Padres to the 6-3 win over the Cubs for their eighth straight win.

Woody Williams ran his record to 3-1, allowing three runs on eight hits over eight innings, while Brian Sweeney pitched a perfect ninth to pick up the first save of his career. Trevor Hoffman had the day off after pitching three games in a row.



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